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The Beach Boys 11//2012

Review

In many ways, the Beach Boys have been the most American band in the history of rock & roll, merging cars, surfboards, endless summer days and nights, Chuck Berry riffs, Four Freshmen harmonies, and a vision of California as a kind of never-aging paradise into one of the most recognizable sounds in pop music. Their back catalog has never really been given a real shine-up, though, so it's a pleasure to see that Capitol Records is finally doing that in 2012 to honor the 50th anniversary of the band's formation. This two-disc, 50-track set compiles most of the band's hits and important album tracks, and also features many selections from the band's later years, a period many Beach Boys compilations often bypass, all of which makes this the best compilation of this important band currently available. One can quibble about things that aren't here, like Brian Wilson's last truly great studio production, "Breakaway," for instance, or things that are here, like the 2012 reunion single "That's Why God Made the Radio," but it's hard to argue with the breadth of this set. The sequencing seems a bit random (is it really wise to follow "California Girls" with its near cousin "Do It Again"), but having lesser-known tracks here like "Wendy," "All Summer Long," "You're So Good to Me," "This Whole World," "All This Is That," and "Friends" pretty much sells the deal. Short of getting all of the band's albums, or the box set Good Vibrations, this set presents more of the fascinating Beach Boys recording story than anything else out there. ~ Steve Leggett
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 California Girls The Beach Boys 2:47
  3. 2 Do It Again The Beach Boys 2:19
  4. 3 Surfin' Safari The Beach Boys 2:7
  5. 4 Catch a Wave The Beach Boys 2:11
  6. 5 Little Honda The Beach Boys 1:53
  7. 6 Surfin' U.S.A. The Beach Boys 2:30
  8. 7 Surfer Girl The Beach Boys 2:28
  9. 8 Don't Worry Baby The Beach Boys 2:51
  10. 9 Little Deuce Coupe The Beach Boys 1:41
  11. 10 Shut Down The Beach Boys 1:51
  12. 11 I Get Around The Beach Boys 2:14
  13. 12 The Warmth of the Sun The Beach Boys 2:54
  14. 13 Please Let Me Wonder The Beach Boys 2:51
  15. 14 Wendy The Beach Boys 2:22
  16. 15 Getcha Back The Beach Boys 3:1
  17. 16 The Little Girl I Once Knew The Beach Boys 2:36
  18. 17 When I Grow Up (To Be a Man) The Beach Boys 2:5
  19. 18 It's O.K. The Beach Boys 2:12
  20. 19 Dance, Dance, Dance The Beach Boys 2:5
  21. 20 Do You Wanna Dance? The Beach Boys 2:23
  22. 21 Rock and Roll Music The Beach Boys 2:29
  23. 22 Barbara Ann The Beach Boys 2:13
  24. 23 All Summer Long The Beach Boys 2:10
  25. 24 Help Me, Rhonda The Beach Boys 2:48
  26. 25 Fun, Fun, Fun The Beach Boys 2:17
  27. 1 Kokomo The Beach Boys 3:33
  28. 2 You're So Good to Me The Beach Boys 2:16
  29. 3 Wild Honey The Beach Boys 2:39
  30. 4 Darlin' The Beach Boys 2:12
  31. 5 In My Room The Beach Boys 2:14
  32. 6 All This Is That The Beach Boys 3:59
  33. 7 This Whole World The Beach Boys 1:58
  34. 8 Add Some Music to Your Day The Beach Boys 3:34
  35. 9 Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song) The Beach Boys 3:16
  36. 10 I Just Wasn't Made for These Times The Beach Boys 3:23
  37. 11 Sail On, Sailor The Beach Boys 3:18
  38. 12 Surf's Up The Beach Boys 4:14
  39. 13 Friends The Beach Boys 2:33
  40. 14 Heroes and Villains The Beach Boys 3:39
  41. 15 I Can Hear Music The Beach Boys 2:37
  42. 16 Good Timin' The Beach Boys 2:13
  43. 17 California Saga (On My Way to Sunny Californ-i-a) The Beach Boys 3:23
  44. 18 Isn't It Time The Beach Boys 3:48
  45. 19 Kiss Me, Baby The Beach Boys 2:44
  46. 20 That's Why God Made the Radio The Beach Boys 3:19
  47. 21 Forever The Beach Boys 2:42
  48. 22 God Only Knows The Beach Boys 2:56
  49. 23 Sloop John B The Beach Boys 3:3
  50. 24 Wouldn't It Be Nice The Beach Boys 2:34
  51. 25 Good Vibrations The Beach Boys 3:36

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